FD reorganization and who owns AFG funded equipment
Vol FD has received 3x AFG (TO gear/SCBA, pumper tanker, hose/etc). Very small town FD. 5% local match for each grant has come from FD Association fund raising. That is FF effort no local tax $.
City Council has become impossible to work with as adults (5 out of 5 are women) and city is on the ropes financially and likely to be "out of business" within 2 years. Council is unwilling to address the city financial problems other than wanting to micromanage FD budget. FD (the City) contracts with rural townships to provide fire protection and the FD which is entirely funded by these rural township/farm property tax $/transfers plus some local option sales tax $ desigated by law (ballot vote) for fire protection/FD. That is, NO city property tax to FD or even possibly available for FD after paying the local Sheriff "law enfocement" contract. Fire Station (with attached "community hall") was built (with FF vol labo r and tax $) 30 years ago.
FD is looking at perhaps reorganization as an independent 501C3 not for profit and contract with the rural township and with the city (as above is currently spending 100% of small public safety budget is extorted by County for police).
In my view the FD is the organization and membership. Not a building or the equipment. The FD will continue exist as an organization even if in a new building.
If reorganize, who owns the AFG equipment? Truck titles say "City of _____" Cite precident if you know of similar situation (vs how you think should be). Examples of how AFG program has ruled on similar issues.